Europe - Scenic European Adventure XSE19
Number of Days: 9
There are all kinds of reasons to go on Europe vacations - some people go for the food, others for the culture, and then there are those romantic travellers who go to see all the stunningly beautiful places they've read and dreamed about for ages. For these fine folks, we offer a guided coach tour of some of Europe's most dreamy locations.
Join us as we revel in the fairy tale sights of historic Munich, make our way to a few ridiculously epic castles, and take in Alpine views from way up high. As we hop, skip and jump from Germany and Austria to Switzerland and Italy, you'll get to drink in the astonishing beauty of crystalline lakes, snow-capped mountaintops, quaint villages and stoic cities, as well as all sorts of iconic European sights. This guided Europe coach tour is a treat for all the senses, so book your spot and let's be off, shall we?
Start point: Munich - End point: Munich
DAY 1: Arrive in Munich
Welcome to the tour! After arriving in Munich, make your way to our hotel, where your tour leader will assist you with check-in. If you've got time, explore Munich - a city that combines a sense of age-old tradition, folklore and a certain cosiness with sleek, modern aesthetics and high-powered industry. Tonight, join up with the rest of the group as we enjoy a traditional Bavarian beer hall dinner!
Accommodation - Super 8 Munich City West or similar
DAY 2: Neuschwanstein Castle - Innsbruck
Let's hit the road! Our first stop today is Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th Century hilltop castle built by Ludwig II of Bavaria, and the inspiration for the famous Disneyland castle. We then head to Innsbruck, Austria, where we'll enjoy some free time. Home to Austria's third-largest student population, there's no shortage of vibrant bars and beer gardens to enjoy.
Accommodation - AlpinPark Hotel Innsbruck or similar
DAY 3: Liechtenstein - Lucerne - Swiss Alps
Our first stop is the Alpine principality of Liechtenstein, the sixth-smallest country in the world. Stopping in the capital Vaduz, we'll have some time to stroll around and enjoy the scenery. Next up, we'll head into Switzerland and the city of Lucerne, adorned with covered bridges (including the famous Chapel bridge), brightly-coloured houses and delightful waterfront promenades. Tonight we'll stay in Interlaken to prepare for a full day of adventure tomorrow!
Accommodation - Alpenrose Hotel & Gardens, Swiss Youth Hostel Interlaken, Hotel Baren Ringgenberg, Hotel Schonbhul, Hotel City Oberland, Das Hotel Sherlock Holmes or similar
DAY 4: Swiss Alps - Free day
Today, you have the option of joining our excursion up to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe! The train journey itself is unforgettable, as you wind your way through some of the most picturesque mountain scenery in Switzerland. The final stretch of the train-ride takes you literally through the mountain, and, when you emerge, the view from the top is spectacular - provided it's a clear day, of course! At this height, there's year-round snow, so you'll be able to have snow-ball fights and build snowmen even in the height of summer. This is one part of the journey that is definitely not to be missed!
DAY 5: Lake Como - Italian Lake District
Today, we leave the Swiss Alps and wind our way toward Italy's Lake District, stopping at famous Lake Como. An enormous expanse of water fringed by picturesque scattered villages, it's perhaps not surprising that one of the villages, Laglio, is where George Clooney has a luxurious villa. The afternoon is yours in the Italian Lake District. Enjoy local food, go for a stroll or just find a comfortable spot to enjoy the view. Surely, this is the epicentre of 'La Dolce Vita'!
Accommodation - Hotel Stazione, Hotel Lovere Resort & Spa or similar
DAY 6: Pisa - Florence - Tuscany
Today we indulge in some serious sight-seeing! First off, we'll stop at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is then a short drive to Florence, where your expert local Italian guide can’t wait to show you around and introduce you to The Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica, among others. Later you will head to your accommodation in the beautiful Tuscan hills, where you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan dinner.
Accommodation - Hotel Massimo d'Azeglio, Hotel Meridiana Florence or similar
DAY 7: Verona - Venice
Our first stop today is Verona, the city where Shakespeare set his immortal tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Then, we're off to Venice! This unique city straddles 118 islands, and is known for its canals, gondolas, Venetian masks, piazzas, art, traditional glass and lace making. On arrival, your tour leader will escort you on an orientation walking tour of the city, so you can use your free time in the early evening to explore properly. After an espresso, don't miss the opportunity to explore Venice the traditional way - from the canals on an optional gondola ride.
Accommodation - Elite Residence Hotel, NH Laguna Palace, Hotel Complex Ambasciatori & Delfino, Hotel Venezia or similar
DAY 8: Dolomites - Andechs Monastery - Munich
We now wind our way back to Munich, taking in some epic sights as we drive through the Dolomit National Park. Our next stop is the monastery town of Andechs, something of an undiscovered gem, and a totally unique feature of our Scenic Europe tour! You will have the chance to eat a hearty lunch in Andechs, enjoying the Alpine countryside views before returning finally to Munich for our final night of the tour.
Accommodation - Super 8 Munich City West or similar
DAY 9: Depart Munich
Today, our tour concludes after breakfast. We hope you've had an unforgettable time exploring some of Europe's most beautiful sights. We've certainly enjoyed sharing these amazing sights with you! Don't forget to exchange details with your fellow travellers before you make your onward journey.
Did you know that we can add on pre and post tour stays to extend your European adventure?
Talk to us about enhancing your travel plans today.
- 8 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
- Services of your tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip.
- 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
- All taxes and fees
- Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
- A modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
- 13 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
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